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Saturday, December 31, 2005
NOT EXACTLY A CHRISTMAS BACCHANALIA
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Bresee's window display wasn't the packed Christmas window which caused Ralphie and Randy to drool with anticipation, but it was a great display nevertheless. I have several Christmas windows my father shot for Bresee's Department Store; this is the most elaborate. One window had Santa and an elephant with a sign saying that Santa never forgets.
One year when I was maybe 8 or 9, I got a "walking doll." It cost a whopping $17. She stood about 24," looked like an 8-year-old little girl, and her arms and legs moved. She would walk in a robot-like fashion if you stood behind her, held her hands and moved her forward. My Grandmother B and her friends hand sewed a complete wardrobe for her using leftovers from outfits they had sewn over the years. (My grandmother neverever wasted a single thing. When making alterations, she'd remove the original thread all in one piece and re-use it.) Along with the doll and her clothing, I was given antique doll furniture which my mother had played with as a child. I still have the little chest of drawers, and I still have the doll.